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A nice thing to do whilst in Merida is to hire a mountain bike and go for a ride. We hired bikes for half a day from Fanny Tours. We got a lift half way up one of the roads that winded through the foot of the Andes.

We declined a lift right to the top thinking it would be nice to have a bit of up hill before a downhill ride back down. Big mistake! We’d completely mis judged the thinness of the air and the steepness of the roads! After about 1 minute of attempted uphill we turned round and enjoyed the winding road back down to Merida.
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Hiring the bike at Fanny Tours – my back brake didnt work, which made for a slightly dodgy decent, I checked the brakes of our other bikes before fanny tours assured me that they we fine.
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Pushing bike up the steep hills!
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Sharing the road with traffic wasn’t a problem.
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The road passed through little Venezuelan villages full of colour and character.

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.